A Treasury Of Indian Wisdom
Tracing the metaphysical literary heritage of the Indian subcontinent, A Treasury of Indian Wisdom brings us a wealth of enlightenment from the last 5000 years of Indian teachings. Beginning with the Vedic hymns, the anthology leads us into the heart of Vedantic philosophy through the Upanishads, further exploring the fundamental truths offered by Buddhist and Jain monks. Presenting the beauty and devotion in the verses of the Bhakti, Sufi and Sikh gurus as well, it arrives at the contemporary ideologies of modern teachers like Sri Aurobindo, Jawaharlal Nehru and Osho.
Dr Karan Singh's selection draws on the wide-ranging wisdom of saints and scholars, thinkers and reformers, poets and leaders, and comes as an inspiration to a generation seeking its place in the world.
Dr Karan Singh was born heir apparent to the state of Jammu and Kashmir and served successively as regent, Sardar-i-Riyasat and governor of the state. A Padma Vibhushan, Dr Singh has held the portfolios for tourism and civil aviation, health and family planning, and education and culture in the Indian government, and served as ambassador to the United States. He has been chairman of the Committee on Ethics of the Rajya Sabha. As chancellor, he has been affiliated to the Jammu and Kashmir University, the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Banaras Hindu University. He has chaired the Indian Board of Wildlife and the India International Centre.
Presently, he is chairman of the governing board of the Auroville Foundation and was India's representative on the UNESCO executive board for many years. Associated with several cultural and academic institutions, he composes and recites devotional songs in Dogri and is a connoisseur of Indian classical music.
His published works include his Autobiography, Essays on Hinduism, An Examined Life, as well as his extensive correspondence with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in Jammu and Kashmir 1949-64 and Mrs Indira Gandhi in Kashmir and Beyond 1966-84.